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Last Published: 7/27/2010 3:11:31 PM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:5 - DEB HERMANN, JAN MARCASON, SHARON SANDERS BROOKS, BETH GOTTSTEIN, RUSS JOHNSON
 
 
 Budget Implementation Discussion (This will be discussed at the beginning of the meeting). The topic for discussion was the City's Debt Portfolio and Capacity Update. Jeff Yates, CFO, and Randy Landes, City Treasurer, made the presentation before the committee. They discussed the City's credit strategy. The presentation included the following items: 1. Where the City stands with credit issues. 2. What the credit agencies say about the City's amount of debt. 3. What the credit markets are looking like during this economic downtown. (A copy of the report is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.)

090878
Terminating the 43rd & Main Tax Increment Financing Plan.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Jenna Wilkinson, EDC, talked about the completion of the TIF project. She talked about the various project amendments that have taken place since the beginning of the projects in 1994. This ordinance allows for the ending of the project.
Ayes: 3 - Hermann, Sanders Brooks, Johnson
Nays: 0

090881
Authorizing the Director of Finance to accept the proposal of Banc of America Public Capital Corp. to provide funds for the acquisition, installation and construction of various real property, capital equipment and other personal property and to execute any and all documents and agreements necessary for the transactions under one or more master lease purchase agreements, ground lease agreements and lease purchase agreements.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
City Treasurer Randy Landes explained that the City had an agreement with Koch Financial Corp. for their master lease purchase agreements. Koch's credit committee declined the City's proposal for new purchase agreements. The City had to find a new provider. Banc of America Public Capital Corp. was chosen to replace Koch. This ordinance would allow the City to enter into agreements with Banc of America for various types of lease and/or purchase agreements.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090894
Authorizing a $1,700,000.00 agreement with the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority to be used in connection with the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS, DEBATE"
Jim Rowland, County Commissioner for Jackson County Sports Authority, testified before the committee. The ordinance extends the agreement made between the city and county. The funds are taken from sales taxes approved by county residents.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090896
Estimating revenues in the Capital Improvements Fund and appropriating $1,411,200.00 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance of the Capital Improvements Fund to the North Oak Trafficway Improvements from NE 96th Street to NE 111th Street.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (11/4/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090910
(Sub.)
RESOLUTION - Finding and determining it necessary to fund a street reconstruction program, municipal building improvement program and a park capital maintenance program with the proceeds of tax-exempt general obligation bonds; authorizing the Director of Finance to develop financing for these programs in an amount not to exceed $20,000,000.00; and declaring the intent of the City to reimburse itself.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Councilman Russ Johnson stated that he wanted to use GO bonds for infrastructure programs. A portion of the GO Bonds passed by the citizens of Kansas City could be placed into capital improvement projects. The resolution asks for the Director of Finance to develop financing for these projects.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090911
(Sub.)
Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, Article IX, Pensions and Other Benefits, by enacting a new Division 8 entitled Healthcare System consisting of Sections 2-1390 through 2-1400, for the purpose of establishing and defining the operation of a board of trustees responsible for administering the City’s self-funded healthcare plan, and authorizing that board to confer with the City’s Benefits and Insurance Committee to complete the transition to a self-funded healthcare plan by May 1, 2010.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS AS A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE"
Troy Schulte, Budget Officer, explained that the ordinance was needed to get the new insurance in place for fiscal year 2010. This moved the money out of the general fund but holds it for drawdowns needed later. Councilman Sharp spoke before the committee. He thanked everyone involved in the process for the hard work in getting this package together. Councilwoman Gottstein asked for support from all of the committee and councilmembers. Josh Garry, Consultant, stated that a RFP would be going out to every healthcare provider in the area with hopes of getting the best rates. Louie Wright, Local 42, spoke in support of the ordinance. Pat Dujakovich, Local 38, spoke in support of the ordinance.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

080935
Amending Chapter 62, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 62-1 through 62-12 and Sections 62-41 through 62-55, and enacting new sections in lieu thereof for the purpose of updating the solid waste code to reflect current refuse collection and management practices; eliminating all payments in lieu of City-provided services to mobile home developments, travel trailer camps, buildings containing seven or more dwelling units, and neighborhood associations; and eliminating the board of refuse appeals.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (11/4/2009)"
This item was held one week.

090829
(Sub.)
Reducing two accounts in the total amount of $178,000 and appropriating it to two accounts in the Capital Improvements Fund for street resurfacing; reducing those accounts in the same amount and appropriating it to the General Fund for nuisance abatement in the 3rd and 6th Districts; authorizing the Director of Finance to transfer expenditures and encumbrances from the General Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund for this purpose.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS AS SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, DEBATE"
David Park, Acting Director of Neighborhood and Community Services, stated that the department and City Manager had been given the charge of finding a different funding source to pay for the cutting of weeds on vacate lots and abandoned properties. The funding would come from PIAC funds of the six council districts. He also stated that there had been conversations with councilmembers from all the districts. A breakdown of the amounts was included in the ordinance. Pat Klein, Budget Office & PIAC Manager, stated that the conversations had taken place with the councilmembers of the districts in which the weeds would be cut. Several committee members stated that they had not been approached with the idea of using PIAC funds for cutting of the weeds but were not against the idea. Councilwoman Circo testified before the committee and stated that she needed to talk to the constituents of her district to get their opinion on how the money should be spent. She was opposed to using City dollars to cut weeds from privately owned property when the homeowner should be paying for the service. Councilwoman Curls was in favor of using PIAC funds in her district. A committee substitute was introduced that would take money from the Third District PIAC funds to help continue the weed abatement program.
Ayes: 5 - Hermann, Marcason, Sanders Brooks, Gottstein, Johnson
Nays: 0

090868
(Sub.)
Reestimating prior year revenues in the amount of $7,202,095.45 in the Capital Improvements Fund; and reducing appropriations in the amount of $5,079,568.77 in certain projects in the Capital Improvements Fund in order to close projects.


FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA (11/4/2009)"
This item was held one week.
 
 Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the Performance Audit: The City Could Do More to Reduce the Risk of FMLA Abuse. Gary White, City Auditor, talked about the problem of possible abuse of the FMlA policy. The report showed flaws in the misinterpretation of the policy by both staff and employee. More training needed to be done to demonstrate how the policy should be followed. (A copy of the report is on file in the Office of the City Clerk.) Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the Performance Audit: Resolution Tracking. This item was held one week. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present the Performance Audit: E-Service Systems Security. This item was held one week. Staff from the City Auditor's Office will present a Scope Statement: Pension Payment Controls. This item was held one week. The Monthly Financial Report for August, 2009 will be presented. Mary Temple, City Controller and Jeff Yates, CFO, made the presentation for August, 2009. Generally expenditures were outpacing revenues for the period but there was no cause for alarm at this point. The department will continue to monitor the spending and collections. All funding sources are slow at this time. This was attributed to the economic conditions of the area. The following ARTS Reports will be presented: 1. ERP Post-Implementation. Gary O'Bannon, Director of Human Resources, Ivan Drinks, Director of Information Technology and Mary Temple, City Controller presented their follow-up to an audit report to the committee. With the help of Human Resources and Information Technology, the Finance Department (Accounts Division) is offering training for timekeeping and Peoplesoft classes for payroll personnel. 2. Sales Tax Study Follow-Up. This item was held one week. 3. Sidewalk Management. Stan Harris, Director of Public Works, Greg Rokos, City Engineer and Jeff Martin, Assistant City Engineer, made their follow-up presentation before the committee on the audit recommendations. Mr. Harris explained that there had been nine recommendations. Seven of the recommendations have been implemented. The last two items have been addressed. A sidewalk policy has been created. The Law Department has been working on a policy ordinance to be introduced after the first of the year. The department hopes that the policy will address all the issues brought up in the audit. Councilwoman Hermann suggested having this report presented to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. There may be general discussion(s) on current Finance and Audit Committee issues. Pursuant to the following subsections of Section 610.021 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, there may be a closed session to discuss: (1) legal matters, litigation, or privileged communications with attorneys, pursuant to subsection 1; (2) real estate, pursuant to subsection 2; (3) personnel, pursuant to subsection 3 and 13; and/or (4) sealed bids or proposals, pursuant to subsection 12.